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  • Seminal Aboriginal paintings from DAF collection provide research platform for Cornell University

    Saskia and I knew these two Aboriginal  paintings by Clifford Possum and Tim Laura were made during a significant juncture in Aboriginal painting, but without a knowledge of the genre, culture and landscape, we could not support the works in their full potential. 

  • Artwork of the Week: 'Color Culture 2' by June Colle

    One of the favorites among the staff at The Foundation, June Collie's "Color Culture 2" currently hangs in our ongoing exhibition, "I'VE GOT SOMETHING TO SAY". Collie's masterful color-work adds a brightness to the to the otherwise very serious show. 

  • Artwork of the Week: 'The Joneser' by Dionne Benjamin-Smith

    This piece currently hangs in our ongoing exhibition, "I'VE GOT SOMETHING TO SAY", and is one of two works by Dionne Benjamin-Smith that currently hangs in the show. "The Joneser", like so many of Benjamin-Smith's work, analyzes stereotypes associated with blackness. 

  • Artwork of the Week: 'Street Vendors' by Wilson Bigaud

    Wilson Bigaud's 'Street Vendors'  is one of many paintings by the Haitian artist that The Foundation was able to procure. This painting, as with most of Bigaud's work, depicts everyday life in Haiti - and does so with his characteristic use of bright color. His figure-work is reminiscent of statues: initially, Wilson Bigaud worked with clay before he began his career in painting. 'Street Vendors' is currently a part of the Caribbean section at the Foundation.

  • Artwork of the Week: 'Woman with Basket on Head' by Errol Allen

    One of Jamaica's most prolific fine artists, Errol Allen's work showcases his immense talent in mastering shadows, light, and color. This particular painting, 'Woman with Basket on head', emanates a softness that can only be a result of this masterful color work, and a dedication to perfecting the portrayal of the landscapes and people around him. 
  • Artwork In Gallery: "Woman of the Ocean" by Sofia Whitehead

    This photograph currently hangs in our ongoing exhibition, "Diversions", and is one of the works of Sofia Whitehead's that is featured in the show. 'Woman of the Ocean' evokes a stillness that is often found when connecting to the sea. Whitehead's genre of photography captures the ways in which her subjects distract themselves from the mundane, thereby showcasing both liberating and peaceful rituals of escape. 

    Diversions is currently open until November 17th, 2017.
  • Artwork of the Week: 'Moondance' by Eric Ellis

    A native of Steventon, Exuma, most of  Eric Ellis' work explores the familiar daily culture of our islands. 'Moondance' is no exception: it's intimate portrayal of the two Junkanoo Women reminds the viewer of the sacred practices of our people. Currently in  one of the collector's homes,this piece is one of the most prized in our collection. 
  • Artwork of the Week: 'Conjure Woman' by John Beadle

    Easily one of the most recognizable and requested pieces from our collection, John Beadle's 'Conjure Woman' calls upon the spirits of our ancestors. It was a prized possession of Vincent D'Aguilar, and up until recently hung reverently in both his and Marina's home. Currently, though, it is on display in the National Art Gallery's permanent exhibition, "Revisiting an Eye for the Tropics". "'Conjure Woman' is fully representative of Afro-Caribbean Art," Vincent said about the painting during a walk-thorough of his work in the 2003 NAGB Exhibition, "One Man's Vision".  "She is possessed with all the ingredients to make spirits come and go." 

  • 'My Dreams Are Not Your Dreams': A Video Installation Exhibition Opening Tonight

    Support The Island House's opening  "My Dreams Are Not Your Dreams", an exhibition featuring the work of regional artist David Gumbs, curated by our very own Tessa Whitehead.  Gumbs will be showcasing his work along with Deborah M. Carroll Anzinger, Spurgeonique Morley, Heino Schmid and Averia Wright. 

    The exhibiton will open tonight at 6 pm. 

  • Artwork in Gallery: 'The Junkanoo Young Couple' by Alessandro Sarno

    This photograph hangs in our current exhibition, "Diversions", and is one of the works of Alessandro Sarno's featured in the show. 'The Junkanoo Young Couple' captures the innocence behind the celebration; Sarno creates a softness surrounding his subjects that is not often showcased in photography of Junkanoo. A native of Italy, Sarno's "diversion" from everyday life is capturing Bahamian culture with photography itself.